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I just brush hogged my horse pasture. I understand that you should mow the pasture prior to seeding it, but I'm not sure it's short enough with a JD RC2048 set level at it's highest.
I watched a dude on The You Tube use a drag harrow prior to seeding.
I couldn't tell if the drag harrow was digging-in harshly or if the tongs were pointed to the rear.
What would you do?
edit, when do i fertilize?
 

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I've tried that, somewhat successful, but not good enough. If you want to do it right turn it up with disc harrows, throw the seed and hit it with a cultipacker.
 

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would grazing the pasture for a week or two after overseeding help promote seed to soil contact from the horse hooves?
 
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I have coastal bermuda pastures. For winter forage I seed with Attain rye grass. First, the coastal gets scalped to 1 inch. Then I broadcast the rye seed with a Herd seeder T 100 pounds per acre, which is 2x the recommended rate - the bird flocks that always show up eat their share. Next is dragging with a chain harrow, tines up, to get as many seeds in contact with the dirt as possible. Then I irrigate the heck out of those areas where I have systems, and pray, pray, pray for rain for the rest of the land. I save 1 of the 4 pastures to seed later for turnout so the horses are off the seeded areas for at least 2 weeks after germination. Then it's time for a starter fertilizer.

For me, I hope to break even financially by having winter forage grass and not having to buy any hay. It has worked 3 of the past 5 years and now beginning year 6. The rye grass seed is in the barn waiting on daytime highs to drop under 70 degrees.
 

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I just seeded winter rye in my garden for a cover crop. I first roto tilled the garden and then seeded. Last year I then immediately raked (by hand) the whole garden but not this year as there is lots of rain in the for cast starting Sat. evening. Last year I had to run a sprinkler since it was dry and still ended up over seeding again. Hope my strategy works out better this year. I thought about using my spike tooth harrow but don't want the compaction and I certainly would not pull it backwards, just set the teeth up as much as possible.
 

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first off any kind of overseed is a crap shoot .............i do it this time of year......talking fields not yards......i mow as close as i can .usually about 1-1/2......then i pull a chain harrow in its most agressive tine down setting around several times....then i broadcast or drop seed at at least twice the recommended rate.........then i roll with a flat roller or cultipacker several times.......and i only do this right before a forecasted heavy rain....sucess varries

one think to consider is the physical size and shape of the seed......small round seeds are much more sucessful than large long seeds
 

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I would think a good rain would drop the seed.
With our pastures a good fertilizer worked darn good lime helps a lot also.
 
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I wait until the seeds have germinated, been growing, and have been mowed once or twice before fertilizing. This is the advice I have been following from my state's land grant university - Clemson. In my location in the coastal plain, this usually means sowing the seed in late October and usually fertilizing sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Based on soil test results, I will be using 150# of nitrogen per acre of 16-4-8.
 
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